Police Officer Recruitment and Testing Process

Located 28 miles west of Chicago, Naperville, Ill., is home to approximately 145,000 people. This vibrant, thriving city consistently ranks as a top community in the nation in which to live, raise children and retire. The city is home to acclaimed public and parochial schools, the best public library system in the country, an array of healthcare options and an exceptionally low crime rate. Naperville has ready access to a variety of public transportation, housing and employment options. The city’s diversified employer base features high technology firms, retailers and factories, as well as small and home-based businesses. Residents also enjoy world-class parks, diverse worship options, the opportunity to serve on several City boards and commissions, a thriving downtown shopping and dining area, a renowned living history museum known as Naper Settlement and an active civic community.

The Naperville Police Department is a nationally accredited agency, whose mission is to provide professional, high quality and effective police service in partnership with the community. Recognizing the diverse needs of the community, the department provides and encourages a policy of professional and individual excellence which is enhanced by continuing education and training. The police department employs a staff of almost 300 whose mission is to provide professional, high quality and effective police service in partnership with the community.

The police department expects to hire approximately 10 – 15 police officers in the next two years. The annual starting salary for a Naperville police officer is currently $65,563.97.

Eligibility Requirements

The Naperville Board of Fire and Police Commissioners is charged with the appointment of all Police Officers. To be considered for employment, candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a United States citizen;
  •  At the time of application, have completed at least 60 credit hours at an accredited college or university, and at the time of appointment, hold a Bachelor's degree in any discipline (original, official transcripts required as proof);
  • Possess a valid driver’s license, which will be used for identification at all phases of testing;
  • Have a valid social security number;
  • Be 21 years of age, but not older than 34 years of age by the date of orientation;
  • Attend orientation and all phases of testing;
  • Possess good moral character suitable to the role of a law enforcement officer;
  • Pass a polygraph test;
  • Pass a thorough background investigation;
  • Pass a medical examination including a psychological assessment and a functional physical evaluation;
  • Meet the vision requirement of uncorrected 20/100 correctable to 20/20 and not be color blind;
  • Meet all requirements of the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners and the State of Illinois.


Selection Works is managing the application process on behalf of the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners. Applicants will be required to purchase the application for a nonrefundable fee of $32. Please review this document carefully prior to purchasing the application. 

Should you have any questions, contact Selection Works at or (630) 812-0400.

Applications will be available from April 16, 2014 to July 11, 2014. All applications and required documents must be submitted to Selection Works prior to 2:00 p.m. on July 11, 2014. APPLICATIONS RECEIVED AFTER THAT TIME WILL BE CONSIDERED INELIGIBLE. The candidate is wholly responsible for ensuring the completeness, accuracy, and delivery of the application.

Candidates will purchase the application from Selection Works by clicking “add to cart” for the Naperville Police Officer Job Application, and then by following the check-out screen prompts. The application package will contain instructions for completing the application and supplying all necessary documents. The application will be delivered via the website as a PDF document. It is strongly recommended that a candidate save this document to a computer or data storage device. The application can be completed using ADOBE READER® and typing in the necessary information.  

Testing Process

The initial testing process will consist of two primary components: a traditional police officer written examination and a POWER test. The police officer exam will assess job-related cognitive abilities, personality characteristics and behavioral traits. The POWER test will assess job-related physical abilities. A candidate does not need to have any police officer experience, training or knowledge to successfully complete these tests. An orientation will be provided immediately prior to the administration of the tests to provide further information regarding the testing process. For information about the POWER test, please click here.

The candidate orientation and written exam will be conducted on Friday, August 8, 2014 at Naperville Central High School, 440 West Aurora Avenue, Naperville, Illinois 60540 (Maps PDF). Candidates must arrive at the testing location no later than 9:30 a.m. to sign-in. The mandatory orientation will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and the written exam will take place between 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. The examinations will be scored off-site by Selection Works and a list of candidates eligible to participate in the POWER test will be determined. 

Candidates who pass the written examination will be notified via email and invited to the POWER Test on Saturday, August 9, 2014. The POWER Test will be held from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. adjacent to the Naperville Central High School, 440 West Aurora Avenue, Naperville, Illinois 60540. Each candidate eligible to take the POWER test will be assigned a specific time for participation in the POWER Test. You should arrive at the POWER Test approximately 15 minutes prior to your scheduled time slot to sign-in. Should inclement weather affect the administration of the POWER Test, a rain-date has been established. The rain date is Sunday, August 10, 2014.


Candidates who pass the written examination and POWER Test will be placed on an Initial Eligibility List and further screened for appointment as determined by the Board of Fire & Police Commissioners, which may include oral interview, polygraph screening, background check, psychological and medical examination.

The City of Naperville is an Equal Opportunity Employer.